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The MSBA's New Lawyers Section Presents


"Effective Corporate Witnesses and Representatives"

In this presentation, we address a number of issues that our clients repeatedly express concern about, including: • Maximizing Use of Testimony • Communicating Key Themes • Handling Cross-Examination • Avoiding Deposition Pitfalls This educational seminar is based on our recent findings, as well as some of the key lessons we have learned over the years when preparing for and succeeding in trial. The presentation includes video clips of surrogate jurors and witnesses; examples of successful multimedia demonstratives; and some of our best war stories from along the way – all elements and experiences that have made us the nation's leading trial consultants.


Marygrace Schaeffer , DecisionQuest
Marygrace Schaeffer is a vice president of the Minneapolis office of DecisionQuest. Ms. Schaeffer has been a trial consultant for over eighteen years and has provided jury research and trial consulting on hundreds of civil and criminal cases across the country. Ms. Schaeffer's expertise includes strategy and theme development, mock trials, jury selection, witness evaluation and preparation, shadow juries, post-trial interviews, visual communications, and is a frequent speaker on these topics. In addition, she has extensive experience in criminal cases including allegations of murder, tax evasion, arson, medical fraud, environmental crimes, and sexual abuse. She is experienced with empirical research design and analysis. Ms. Schaeffer has conducted research for cases involving issues of product liability, personal injury, employment, insurance, construction, medical malpractice, intellectual property, antitrust, finance and environmental law. In addition Ms. Schaeffer has provided jury selection assistance in dozens of venues throughout the United States.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit applied for



Date:   Thursday, January 13, 2011
Time:    4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402 


MSBA Members: Free

Teleconferencing is available. Please contact Ashley Hacker at or 612-278-6305 to arrange video and teleconferencing.